ArtSpace opens on Broadway Ave. in downtown Maryville

Fine Arts Blount (FAB), now located at 106 East Broadway Avenue, downtown Maryville, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony, exhibit, and reception at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at the new ArtSpace. That is the same night as the recurring Last Friday Art Walk first presented by FAB in January, 2008. The public is invited to view the exhibit which will include work the members believe is “the best of their best” each has painted, along with new works, some with the theme “Nocturnals. . .”

Visitors will be the first to see the newly refurbished downstairs housing the gallery, instruction space, and small kitchen area. The upstairs will house individual artist studios, small individual galleries and more instruction space.

Dean Stone, editor at The Daily Times, shared the following about the history of FAB’s “new” building. “G. B. Ross built the [106 E. Broadway] building about 1895. Among its occupants have been Walker Drug Store, Martin Drug Store and Park Drug Store. The son of the founder of Park was a big photo buff and carried a lot of photographic equipment, probably . . . a setup for customers but I did not consider it a studio. He kept a lot of professional equipment on the upper level - lighting etc.” The owner/agent Rod Crabtree has worked with FAB in the leasing of the site for the new ArtSpace. So, this old building will have a new purpose, but still serve the people of Blount County and the surrounding area.

Fine Arts Blount is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing accessible art to the local community and a venue for local artists to exhibit their work before a hometown audience. This community service includes Artreach, a program which meets the needs of the underserved, and provides free events that present opportunities for youth and adults to take part in the visual arts.

FAB will offer reasonably priced workshops and classes for youth and adults taught by FAB’s own members. The larger space will also allow FAB to present workshops by nationally known artists on its own premises.

For more information on how you can join FAB as an exhibiting member or Friend of FAB (for non-artists), register for workshops and classes, or just learn more about the organization and ArtSpace, go online to www.FineArtsBlount.com or call 865-982-0898.

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